In an earlier effort just after the election, thousands of shrinks joined a new group called “Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism,” which quickly released a “Public Manifesto” to warn America about its leader’s apparent psychosis.
“We cannot remain silent as we witness the rise of an American form of fascism,” the manifesto states.
The psychological warning signs? “Scapegoating …, degrading, ridiculing, and demeaning rivals and critics, fostering a cult of the Strong Man who appeals to fear and anger, promises to solve our problems if we just trust in him, reinvents history and has little concern for truth (and) sees no need for rational persuasion.”
Unfortunately, too few say it publicly. But the more Trump lies on Twitter, the more he and his staff demean journalists, and the more he bullies his opponents, the greater the number of shrinks who will come forward to say that not only does this Emperor have no clothes — he’s out of his mind, too.
When news coverage of his transition was particularly tough, he created a new narrative by attacking the cast of the musical “Hamilton.” It’s a constant use of the “dead cat” strategy: throw a dead cat on the table, and prior conversation on any other topic ceases.